Before you arrive

Essential pre-arrival tasks

Before you arrive at Durham University International Study Centre, you need to complete all six tasks in our pre-arrival checklist. 

For more information about arriving in the UK please download our pre-arrival guide.

Contact us with any questions, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Pre-arrival checklist

Confirm your offer

View Fees to see what you need to pay to confirm your offer and to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).

Arrange your visa

You can apply for your UK study visa once we have issued you with your CAS. Contact us if you have any questions. 

Confirm your accommodation

Please confirm your accommodation with our Accommodation Team as soon as possible.

Book your travel to the UK

You can book your travel to the UK when you receive your visa. You should fly to Newcastle or Durham Tees Valley and should aim to arrive in Stockton-on-Tees up to two days before the start of term. If you are a new student, term starts on Thursday, 4th January. If you fly to Newcastle on either 2nd or 3rd January, we can arrange a coach transfer for you. Alternatively, we can book you a taxi transfer from the airport. You will need to complete the Arrivals Form and return it to us (by 15th December if you would like to take advantage of the coach transfer). 

For transfer fees, view Fees.

Organise your insurance

It is essential that all international students have health, medical and personal insurance. Find out more about StudyCare insurance.

What to pack for the UK

  • Passport and visa
  • UKVI Decision Letter
  • International Study Centre offer letter
  • CAS statement
  • Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs
  • Accommodation documents
  • Four passport-sized photographs
  • Insurance documents (unless you use StudyCare)
  • Medical certificates and vaccination records
  • Prescription medications, with prescriptions translated into English
  • Essential toiletries – you can buy any other medicines and toiletries in Stockton-on-Tees 

Bring essential clothing for all weather conditions, including a warm coat. There is no dress code at the International Study Centre, so bring comfortable clothes like jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. Stockton-on-Tees has plenty of shops where you can buy any other clothing you need.

  • Computers: The International Study Centre has a fully-equipped IT room, so you do not need to bring your own computer. However, if you bring your own computer you will have the freedom to study in your bedroom and to access the Wi-Fi on Queen’s Campus. You can also buy a laptop from several shops in Stockton-on-Tees
  • Travel adapters: It is a good idea to bring a travel adapter with you, so that you can charge your phone and computer as soon as you arrive.
  • Personal items: You may also want to bring a few personal items, such as photos and books, to make you feel at home. 
  • Cash: It's useful to have some money in cash when you are travelling. We recommend about £50. 
  • Guardianship letter (if you're under 18).

 

 

You can buy anything else you need when you arrive in Stockton-on-Tees. The Teesside shopping centre is close to Queen’s Campus and has a wide range of shops where you can buy clothes, shoes, home furnishings, electrical items and groceries.

Meet your Head of Centre

Your pre-arrival guide

Durham University international students at Aroma cafe

Read our arrival guide to find out what to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and what it’s like to live and study in the UK.

Durham University student Marie

I like that Queen’s Campus is small. I think it’s actually an advantage because you see all your friends and it’s good for community spirit. My favourite spot is definitely the café because it’s just nice to hang out with your friends.

Marie from Austria studying Psychology 

Queen's Campus location